Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
People never like a picture of themselves especially women. One paints a portrait and everyone but the person it is of, recognizes them! Frustrating....but I keep telling myself doing portraits is for my growth as a painter and I will not let silly little things get me down. However, I just did an imaginary face with some layering to complex the piece up and I really like it. So, I will share it with you-it is only 9x12, a jewel for fun.....
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Of course, I am in the artistic-hating-not satisfied with my work mode- but I know from experience that when I see them all hanging I will be proud and happy.
What next? I need to find some more venues to show this series, work on my portraits of my Cronies, and I have some images in my head of where I want to go with my next series of work. Sketchbook time!!!!
FYI...just for inquiring minds, it took me close to two years to put this "Village" series of 25 pieces together. As they say-Rome was not built in a day.....
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
"Crones" series... (crone=friend)...and what I have discovered is that I will never be a portrait artist! I am attempting to do representational paintings of friends but none of them have been -spot on-....oh well, it is good practice and each week the class I am taking gives us a different approach/technique to use...so like medicine-it is good for me. I actually enjoy doing these, I just get frustrated when I can't get them exactly accurate...but of course being me, I only give it one shot instead of persisting until I am satisfied...onward
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Saturday, February 11, 2017
My next series is going to be a spiritual woman series and I am planning on it being much more textural and loose. In a creative trip one never knows where life will take them, but I have to say that the journey so far has been a great ride! The portraits I have been doing of friends, I will continue to do as they are good technical practice for me.
Hang in there with me and thanks for viewing my blog and following my path of creativity with me. I am solitary in my studio pretty much and your viewing my ramblings means a lot to me. di
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Only 48 more portraits to go in the online class I am taking. This week we were suppose to practice glazing for fun on a drawing of a face. I, of course, have to make life difficult and decided to do the faces of friends (with no guarantees it will look like them). I massively overworked this piece but next week will be better. It is not terrible and does have a resemblance to her. I am calling this one "K", as her first name begins with K. For the rest of the week I am working on a 3'x4' piece for the Village show. Will show that as I get further along. TaTa .....
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Friday, January 27, 2017
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Break is over so back to my last village piece which may well be the LAST village piece. We shall see. But for what it is worth this is my painting for this week.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Saturday, January 7, 2017
Now I have to do drudge work as in painting the edges black on all the pieces, photographing, etc....blah, blah, blah, oh well- such is life.
PS yes, I do look this old and I am embracing it....do not mind at all...
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Friday, January 6, 2017
I am so glad that the Holiday season is over, although I did enjoy the festivities. BUT NOW...I can get back to a schedule and be creative.
Which is what I like to do best. I am still painting and have two solo shows coming up in the spring and summer so that in itself takes some time and preparation work.
Hopefully, I will be posting lots of stuff in the near future. Have two unfinished paintings waiting in line and a lot of ideas swirling in my head. So, I AM BACK.....see ya
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Friday, October 21, 2016
This is my newest piece and though it looks large it is really only 9x12". I think it is a fun piece and hopefully people will like it.
This is the time of year that things go crazy so I am having to clear activities out of the way so that I have enough studio time. Get cranky if I do not have my studio time. I think artists are better off as hermits so that they can devote time to their craft. Having said that, I am going to get back to work....ta, ta----
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Saturday, October 8, 2016
Went on a mixed media frenzy! These are 4"x6" on paper little drawings. Wanted a few free days before I committed to a larger piece and small little studies always bring out the creative side of one's self. This was two days work and I actually have one more but that made me not have a pretty presentation so you only get to see nine. Tomorrow is a movie day and then Tuesday a meeting day BUT Wednesday I paint again.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Hopefully, these paintings make you smile and want to make you visit.
The imagination is a powerful place......
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Friday, September 9, 2016
Back to work.....oh, this is titled, "Geisha in the Garden"
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Thursday, September 8, 2016
My main objective is just to keep painting and hopefully, by they time I have painted a thousand, I will be a master....and left my voice.
On to my next canvas and trying to figure out what to paint that connects to our time.
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Monday, August 22, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
So....I am taking this online class and I have promised myself that I will do as instructed. Which, I might add, is not always easy for me. This last challenge was to 'deconstruct and construct' within your piece. Basically that meant that I need (as a painter) to paint, over paint in sections, texturize, and let things happen. These are my first two attempts. I have to admit that I am learning some new techniques and approaches. My work was beginning to be too illustrative and I really want to get away from that, as much as I loved the pure color, etc. So this is a start down a new road and we shall see....as long as I am learning, growing, and stretching....I am ahead of the game....I think!!!! DO NOT TELL ME DIFFERENT!!!!! or I will be sad...di
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
My 'blue orb' that I use so much is the spirit-the heart of us all. My children are calling for their creative spirit to fly and be honored.
Have a few tweaks and it will be considered done. It was a fun one to do.
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
I have been having a blast doing this project and it takes me 'out of my box', which is a very good thing.
This is not done yet, but I am working my way to the top. The right hand corner will have a dragon curled around the perimeter of the board.
This and wonderful visitors have keep me rather busy for the last 3 weeks. Hope to finish this in the next 5-6 days. Then onward to other projects.....
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
This piece is called "The Gossips", and as you can see they are two faced. They run about town with enhanced ears to catch whatever gems of info that are floating in the air. They have hands that can attach to corners, buildings, or crevices so that they can remain hidden while on the job. Of course, the job does not entail getting their information truthful and correct.
My village and its' characters, is basically a very happy and uplifting town but you can not escape the inevitable word mongers. How would a town function without the gossips? ....Run for your lives.....they live....
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Friday, May 13, 2016
The second project is a 20" square to be entered in an exhibition. That will be all I can say about that one at the moment. Other than I can only use solid fabrics which is insane!
Third project is doing a variation of a block presented to me every week. We shall see how this goes as there is a good probability that my blocks may not be what they are expecting. Such is the life of an independent thinker. Crazy is never understood.....
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I am approaching my life with a new perspective. Most of my life I have felt the need to achieve. I kept pretty focused and more than likely had a somewhat flexible, but never the less, plan. Shortly, I will turn 65 and I figure that is pretty grown up. NO MORE PLANS!! My new mantra is, "What do I feel like doing today? And that is exactly what I do. I still have an innate need to finish what I start but I am giving my 'self' that- "Jimmy Buffet Latitude", and regressing into my flowerchild.
Having said all that (sounded good anyway),....this month, I did a set of prints for the Sketchbook Library Exchange in which I will donate one print to the library and trade the others with ten other artist from around the world. How fun is that! The other project I am working on is a 'sew along' with OVER 18,000 quilters around the world. Every week we are presented with two 6" blocks to make and at the end of 12 months we will have 100 blocks created by different designers with which to make a quilt. I am planning on making two 50+ block quilts and this is my social, traditional, project for the year. The quilting event is called, "The Splendid Sampler" project and is open to anyone who wants to participate.
So, I have had a month with NO PLANS, but I am getting the urge to make a major type piece....hmmmm......what am I thinking????
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Monday, March 28, 2016
Been super busy this month and kind of taking a break from ANYTHING THAT HAS A DEADLINE!! Here is a peek at a project that a friend and I are collaborating on this spring. Fellow artist, Geri Forkner, works primarily in felting fiber (among other things) and I work primarily with woven cloth. We are trying to put the two processes together into a vessel form, which we are finding is not always an easy task. This is our first piece, which we both are very pleased with. Now our second piece that we are currently working on is talking back! We are trying different construction techniques, and pushing ourselves to see where we can go. We are also learning what the limits are in each others manipulation techniques.
This is our first sculpture-
This is our first sculpture-
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
Finished large painting 24"x36", not actually that large, but done anyway. Am liking it at the moment (smile). Have to glaze, frame, and then it is set to go! Where I do not know (sad face). Now, a little break and I am going to do some miniature paintings (see below), 2x3 and 4x6 inches. I think it will be fun. Also have a couple fabric projects I need to finish up.
Life is good.....may your days be blessed....di
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Saturday, January 9, 2016
So, this is how it begins! New piece and I am blocking in my shapes. Before I start with the paint, I draw out a very rough sketch in my sketch book for compositional purposes. Does the painting always reflect my primary sketch? The answer is, sometimes yes, sometimes no. Usually, I do not show a piece at this stage because it can change drastically and I suspect this one will be much different when finished. I always have a thought I am trying to express when I do a painting and that I stay true to but the images sometimes have a mind of their own! I also (almost always), have some technical goals in mind. I feel that my colors have been too bright and pure in the previous canvases and my goal this time is to keep the color softer and muted. I hesitate to share that with you as I may fail in epic proportions in this endeavor. NOW, you are wondering 'why', am I doing an epic narration. The answer to that question is that in my '101, Succeeding as an Artist', research, the experts suggest that I share my process.....I am such a good student ie 'over achiever' So I am sharing.....learned to share in kindergarten! Well, sorta....
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Everyday, I find joy in all that I do and my work is an expression of that. Oh my, I am getting too serious and philosophical and I haven't even had too much eggnog!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and live in the 'knowing'. D
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
I love the piece and part of me hates to see it go, but I love my work finding homes. The new owner will not even take possession of the piece until it finishes traveling with the exhibit.
An apology for not posting lately, Just finished doing two big shows, an open studio tour, and heading deep into the holiday season.
Next year be looking for me to open an ETSY shop, so that those of you who have inquired about purchasing some of my art work will be able to do so very easily.
Have a glorious holiday season, filled with family and friends.
Love to all......Diana
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Friday, October 9, 2015
Wish me luck....I have no studio time and that is not a good thing! I get a little grouchy.......
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Monday, August 17, 2015
It is not really 'work' when I am creating stuff but every once in a while deadlines loom and I have to get my act together. So....I sew!..... and finish up stuff. I try not to think about the holiday season that is on the horizon....oh my.. Good thing I do not stress easily :-)
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